Meet the Staff
The professional academic advisors in Engineering Advising follow an alphabetical cohort model of advising based on the last name of each student.
Liane Fitzgerald, Director
- Advising students with last names G - J
- Advising for the Independent Major
- Advising students interested in internally transferring into Engineering
Liane joined Engineering Advising and the Cornell community in 2016. She earned her B.S. in Professional and Technical Communication from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and her M.S. in Academic Advising from Kansas State University. Preceding Cornell Engineering, Liane spent five years as the Manager of Student Services, and seven years prior as a Senior Academic Advisor, both for the Computer Science Department at RIT.
Liane finds reward in teaching students decision‐making skills and empowering them to be comprehensively aware of their situations. She makes it her responsibility to provide information, options, and assistance so students are better able to make informed decisions consistent with their personal and professional values.
Liane has really enjoyed exploring Ithaca and the Finger Lakes region, taking advantage of what the area has to offer. In her free time, Liane enjoys spending time with friends and family, being a foodie, community gardening, yoga, traveling, movies, and music!
Ryan DeLany, Associate Director
- Advising students with last names Q - Z
- Advising students interested in study abroad and exchange programs
- Advising students in the concurrent degree pipeline
Ryan joined the College of Engineering and Cornell University in August of 2016 after spending more than three years working in the Academic Advising Center at Ithaca College as both a Professional Academic Advisor and Academic Advising Manager. Before coming to Ithaca, Ryan worked as a Retention Counselor at Paul Smith’s College in Paul Smith’s, NY and an Academic Advisor at Bryant & Stratton College in Syracuse, NY. Ryan possesses a Bachelor of Arts in History degree from Le Moyne College, a Master of Science in Education degree from SUNY Oswego, and a Master of Science in Communications degree from Ithaca College.
Ryan’s passion and interest for working in academic advising and student services lies in his belief in holistic student development and in empowering students to make well-informed decisions regarding their academic and personal pursuits. He believes in an advising as teaching philosophy, individualized student support, and in utilizing the vast amount of knowledge and resources available at the University to assist students in navigating their educational careers as best as possible on a daily basis.
When not working with students and the greater Cornell University community, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife Kelsey, daughter Avery, and two dogs Paisley and Wilson. He is also an avid Buffalo Bills fan, loves golfing whenever he is able, and is a self-acclaimed “Seinfeld” trivia expert!
Benjamin Martin, Assistant Director
- Ben is working remotely and holding all advising appointments virtually via Zoom
- Advising students with last names K - P
- Advising students interested in pre-health tracks
Ben joined the College of Engineering and Cornell University in October of 2017 after spending more than three years as the Director of Field Experiences for the College of Education and Human Development (EDHD) at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Preceding the Director role, Ben served over six years as an academic advisor for EDHD. Ben earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree, and a Master of Arts in College Student Personnel degree from BGSU.
Ben particularly enjoys engaging students in various transitions as they pursue their Bachelor’s degree. He believes in providing support, strategies, and sound information in order to empower student decision making and affirm student dignity. Ensuring students are heard, connecting students to helpful resources, and seeing them make well-informed decisions is the goal for every meeting.
Personally, Ben enjoys spending time with his wife (Sara) and children (Asher and Amelia), trail running, playing strategy games (he is always available for Smash Up!) and reading. Tolkien is a particular passion of his and you may chance to hear the Elvish greeting, Mae govannen, when stopping by.
Freddie Salley, Assistant Director
- Freddie is working remotely and holding all advising appointments virtually via Zoom
- Advising students with last names A - F
Freddie recently joined the College of Engineering and Cornell University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master of Arts degree in English from Clemson University. In her previous role, Freddie served as an academic advisor in the Computer Science department at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to that, she spent close to three years advising business students in the University Advising Center at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.
Freddie is devoted to advancing the University’s collaborative and inclusive vision through advising. She believes that when students feel empowered, valued, respected, and included, they can be more innovative and successful.
When she’s not working with students, Freddie enjoys reading (fiction), traveling, attending concerts/ music festivals, netflixing, watching/attending sporting events (Lakers’ basketball, Clemson football, and 49ers’ football), and spending time with family.
Mary Glick, Program and Publications Coordinator
Mary has been with Engineering Advising since 2007. Acting as Program Coordinator, among her many duties is responsibility for coordinating the annual production of the Engineering Undergraduate Handbook and Orientation, and oversight of office front desk operations. Mary received her Master's in Creative Writing from Syracuse, and in her free time enjoys cooking, jazz, old movies, friends, travel, and gardening.